Vatican Euro Coins


The Vatican was one of the founding members of the Euro zone and started issuing coins in 2002. Some basic facts relating to the Vatican.




The Vatican Euro Coins are interessting for several reasons.


The Vatican is one of the three states ( the others are Monaco and San Marino) that , although in the Euro zone are not in the European Union. The inclusion of the Vatican in the Euro zone was deemed necessary as it was prior to the introduction of the Euro in a currency union with Italy.

The Vatican is also the smallest 'country' in the Euro zone (indeed in the world), with a total area of less than half a square kilometer and a live-in population of less than 1000.


Of all the Euro coins issued, those of the Vatican more than any others are minted with collectors in mind rather than for normal commercial usage. The number of coins minted being small, the collector value is relatively high.


Initially the face-value of the coins minted was around € 600.000 to € 700.000 . In 2004 this was increased to around € 1 million


The European Union wished to limit the high cost of the coins issued by the Vatican and in 2010 an agreement with the Vatican was reached whereby 51% of the face value of the issued coins were to go into normal circulation. This was coupled with an increase in the face-value that could be minted to € 2.300.000.The value of the Vatican sets was however not too greatly effected as about €1 million worth was issued as 50 cent coins - this meaning of course that the number of the other values minted did not decrease dramatically.




Normal Currency Coins


Vatican coins have as their motif the incumbent pope. In 2005 however, after the death of pope John Paul II and before the election of pope Benedict XVI, a 'mini-series' with the title "Sede Vacante"(Seat Vacant)was minted. Here the Coat of Arms of the Cardinal Chamberlain was the Motif. This is in effect a one-off series as in the future should no pope be in office at the time of minting the European Union has decided that this can only be reflected in the € 2 commemorative coin.

Pope Benedict abdicated in 2013 and as from 2014 a new Vatican series depicting the new pope - Franziskus - is being minted.

The Vatican has thus in effect four series:


  • 2002-2004 Pope John Paul II
  • 2005 Sede Vacante
  • 2006-2013 Pope Benedict XVI 
  • from 2014 Pope Franziskus

Pope John Paul II

Sede Vacante

Pope Benedict XVI

1 cent

2 cent

5 cent

10 cent

20 cent

50 cent

1 Euro

2 Euro

Pope Franziskus

1 cent

2 cent

5 cent

10 cent

20 cent

50 cent

1 Euro

2 Euro


































































































Two Euro Coin Rim


Around the rim of the Two Euro Coin appear the number "2" followed by "*".
This repeated six times. Each "2" is inverted with respect to the preceding and following "2".






Vatican Commemorative Two Euro Coins.

2004- 75 years since the founding of the Vatican. Depicted is the outline of the Vatican and also St.Peters.



Date of issue   : 16.12.2004

Issuing Volume : 100,000


2005 - World Youth day in Cologne. Cologne cathedral and a comet are shown on the coin.



Date of issue   : 06.12.2005

Issuing Volume : 100,000


2006 - 500th anniversary of the founding of the Swiss Guard. A Swiss Guard is shown taking the oath of allegiance.



Date of issue   : 09.11.2006

Issuing Volume : 100,000


2007 - 80th birthday of Pope Benedict XVI.




Date of issue   : 23.10.2007

Issuing Volume : 100,000


2008 - Paul Year. Celebrates the conversion of St.Paul around 2000 years ago. Depicted is the conversion on the road to Damascus.


Date of issue   : 16.10.2008

Issuing Volume : 100,000


2009- International Year of astronomy. The creation of sun and moon as depicted in Michaelangelo's painting in the Sistene Chapel.


Date of issue   : 18.11.2009

Issuing Volume : 8 Million


2010 - Year of the Priests - shown on the coin is a sheperd (priest) rescuing a lamb from a lion.



Date of issue   : 12.10.2009

Issuing Volume : 115,000


2011 - World youth day in Madrid.




Date of issue   : 18.10.2011

Issuing Volume : 115,000

2012 - World family Meeting in Mailand.




Date of issue   : 16.10.2012

Issuing Volume : 8 Million

2012 - Sede vacante.This means that there is no reigning pope.Normally between the death of one pope and the election of the next.In this instance between the abdication of one pope and the election of the next.


Date of issue   : 02.06.2013

Issuing Volume : 125.000

2013 - World youth day in Rio de Janerio.



Date of issue   : 15.10.2013

Issuing Volume : 94.000


2014 - Commemorating 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.



Date of issue   : 14.10.2014

Issuing Volume : 103.000





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